On 1 September 2018, Deb Chamberlain took on the role of ‘Next Gen’ worker with the Love Black Country network. Deb now encourages and networks children’s, youth and families workers across the region. Having been a primary school teacher for ten years, Deb left her previous role as Children’s Pastor at Arise Church, Kingswinford, in order to take on the new position. Contact Deb at this address.
General Secretary of ‘Churches Together in England’
Revd Dr Paul Goodliff became General Secretary of ‘Churches Together in England’ in September 2018.
Paul grew up in an evangelical Anglican Parish in Sussex, where he came to faith. As an undergraduate at King’s College, London, he worshipped at Streatham Baptist Church and has remained a Baptist from those days. Paul trained for the Baptist ministry at Spurgeon’s College and served as associate minister at Streatham Baptist Church, before moving to Stevenage as Minister of the Bunyan Baptist Church.
After seven years as its minister, Paul was called to serve as the General Superintendent of the Baptist Union’s Central Area from 1999 to 2004, and was for ten years the Baptist Union’s Head of Ministry. He was instrumental in forming The Order for Baptist Ministry — a dispersed religious order for Baptist ministers, and the Oxford Research Network for Ministry.
Since 2000, Paul has been a member of the World Council of Churches team in the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group, serving as its longest-standing WCC member. He was a delegate at the Busan Assembly of the WCC in 2013 and the recent WCC Commission for World Mission and Evangelism Conference in Arusha, Tanzania.
Chaplaincy development worker
Phil Metcalf, West Midlands Further Education Chaplaincy Ambassador reports, ‘2018 has been a very successful first year for the project. During the year I have been working with six Further Education colleges, welcoming eleven new chaplains to support students and staff. In addition, there are currently five more colleges actively exploring the possibility of chaplaincy support.